WOW: Xenomania

This post is in response to Heena Rathore P.’s Word of the Week (WOW). This weekly challenge is a great way of improving your vocabulary. If you wish to participate, simply create a post with your word and leave a link in a comment on Heena’s WOW post.

I’m now up to X in the alphabet and unfortunately there are very few words to choose from. I hope you all like the one I’ve chosen, even though there’s very little information I could include about it!wow (1)

Here’s my WOW for this week:

xenomania

Word
Xenomania

Pronunciation
xen-o-ma-ni-a

Part of Speech
noun

Meaning
A mania for, or an inordinate attachment to, foreign customs, institutions, manners, fashions, etc.

Word Origin
From Greek: “Xenos” (ξένος) foreigner and “Mania” (μανία) an excessive enthusiasm or desire; an obsession

Antonyms
xenophobia

Use in a Sentence
1) Billy’s  xenomania was starting to get out if hand – he’d always had a love of American culture but dressing the dog in a cowboy outfit was a step too far!

Cowboy Aussie Echo

By Donrooley (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

2) The people of Athens were captivated by Helen Leune’s inspirational speech on the nature of xenomania.

Helene Leune 1911

Description English: Helene Leune, who gave a speach about xenomania in Parnassos, Athens, Greece in 1911. By Πινακοθήκη (Πινακοθήκη, No. 124-125, June-July 1911) [ Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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